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Richard Trevithick

1771 - 1833

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Richard Trevithick (13 April 1771 – 22 April 1833) was a British inventor and mining engineer. The son of a mining captain, and born in the mining heartland of Cornwall, Trevithick was immersed in mining and engineering from an early age. He was an early pioneer of steam-powered road and rail transport, and his most significant contributions were the development of the first high-pressure steam engine and the first working railway steam locomotive. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Trevithick has received more than 832,518 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Richard Trevithick is the 44th most popular inventor (up from 45th in 2019), the 303rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 300th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Inventor.

Richard Trevithick is most famous for inventing the first steam-powered locomotive, which was the first machine to move on rails.

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Among inventors, Richard Trevithick ranks 44 out of 354Before him are Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Konrad Zuse, Herman Hollerith, Nicolas Appert, Igor Sikorsky, and Adolphe Sax. After him are Charles Goodyear, Karl Drais, John Herschel, William G. Morgan, Willis Carrier, and Hans Lippershey.

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Among people born in 1771, Richard Trevithick ranks 4Before him are Walter Scott, Robert Owen, and Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen. After him are Emperor Kōkaku, Antoine-Jean Gros, Julie Clary, Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark, Alois Senefelder, and Jean-Andoche Junot. Among people deceased in 1833, Richard Trevithick ranks 4Before him are Nicéphore Niépce, Kaspar Hauser, and Ferdinand VII of Spain. After him are Adrien-Marie Legendre, Seraphim of Sarov, Marie-Antoine Carême, Ram Mohan Roy, Hugh Glass, William Wilberforce, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, and Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Trevithick ranks 303 out of 7,765Before him are David Suchet (1946), Thomas Becket (1119), Richard Cromwell (1626), Frederick Sanger (1918), William Henry Bragg (1862), and Tim Berners-Lee (1955). After him are Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885), Peter Ustinov (1921), Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), Halford Mackinder (1861), Æthelred the Unready (968), and Patrick Stewart (1940).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Richard Trevithick ranks 7Before him are James Watt (1736), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), John Logie Baird (1888), and Thomas Newcomen (1663). After him are John Herschel (1792), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Frank Whittle (1907), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Thomas Savery (1650), and Richard Arkwright (1732).